Drink price ver­dict due this week

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

A min­i­mum price for al­co­hol will be in place as early as April next year if SNP min­is­ters win a crunch court bat­tle this week.

On Wed­nes­day the Supreme Court will is­sue its ver­dict on Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment plans to in­tro­duce 50p min­i­mum price per unit of al­co­hol.

The pol­icy was ap­proved by MSPs in 2012, but has been tied up in a suc­ces­sion of court chal­lenges amid claims it breaches Euro­pean law.

The Supreme Court is the last chal­lenge and if the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment wins, in­sid­ers say they will move quickly to im­ple­ment it.

One source said: “There will be no hold­ing back. We have waited a long time to do this and I think spring next year is re­al­is­tic.”

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